SAN FRANCISCO — More than 4,000 Marriott International hotel workers represented by Unite Here have gone on strike, impacting major tourism markets in the U.S.
Thousands of Marriott workers in San Francisco and San Jose went on strike on October 4, joining workers at Marriott hotels in Boston who walked out on strike the previous day. And according to D. Taylor, international president of Unite Here, more workers in other cities could soon join the strike.
“Today more than 4,000 Unite Here workers are on strike against the richest, biggest and most powerful hotel company in the world to change the hospitality industry into a place where workers can still achieve the American dream,” says Taylor.
According to Unite Here, union contracts for more than half a dozen Unite Here affiliates have expired in the past year and negotiations have soured on key issues such as workplace safety, wages and basic job security.